Modern Marvels

Season 8 Episode 32


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 23, 2001 on The History Channel
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From the earliest bunkers of WWI through the ultra-futuristic ones of tomorrow's wars, we trace the story of defensive fortifications. In the constant struggle to hold off ever more potent forms of attack, bunkers function in a variety of forms. Three mammoth block structures comprise a submarine bunker at Lorient, France, able to house 20 subs. We visit Churchill's Cabinet War Room and Hitler's Berlin bunker, as well as backyard Cold War bunkers and those that protect nuclear weapons themselves.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • The Titan II Missile currently in the silo near Tuscon was disarmed, drilled with holes, and left above ground for one month to allow Soviet satellites to verify its decomission.

      • Winston Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms bunker had many gadgets, including one of the first electric cigar lighters.

      • German machine gun bunkers during World War I were referred to as "pillboxes" by English troops, because they resembled a pharmacist's pill container.

      • The first GBU-28 "bunker buster" bombs were made from used cannon barrels.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: They are protected beneath tons of earth and are the most challenging offensive targets because they are the ultimate defensive hideouts, protecting civilians, soldiers and our deadliest weapons. Now: Bunkers, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Fritz Bugas
        Bunker Director, Greenbrier Bunker

        Dr. Robert S. Conte
        Historian, Greenbrier Bunker

        Professor William C. Martel
        U.S. Naval War College

        William Allcorn
        Fortifications Historian

        Janick Le Fort
        Historical Director, Lorient Submarine Bunker

        Phil Reed
        Director, Cabinet War Rooms Museum

        Becky Roberts
        Deputy Director, Titan Missile Museum

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Robert Ziel
        Producer: Robert Ziel
        Associate Producer: Ryan W. Senter
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper
        Editor: Lou Laprocido
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
        Researcher: Mark Savage
        Researcher: Diane Wai
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Historical Consultant: William Allcorn
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: Dylan S. O'Brien
        Camera: Mike Rowan
        Camera: Tom Scudder
        Field Audio: Larry Downling
        Field Audio: Tony Krysinsky
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Voice over Coordinator: Dawn Irwin
        Assistant Editor: Michael Lim
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado
        Executive Assistant: Beverly Short

        Special Thanks:
        William Allcorn
        Harry B. Christman
        Joe Kaufman
        Jake Swinson

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra

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